Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, put his fellow liberals on the spot by announcing on the House floor Tuesday that he will file an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump next week.
Even though Republicans would almost certainly kill the resolution, there is a chance that Green could still force it to a procedural vote, which would put his colleagues in the uncomfortable position of either publicly supporting impeachment, or voting against something that some in the party would eventually like to see happen.
Lots of Democrats want impeachment, right?
Some have been open about it. But most understand that it's pointless, even counterproductive, to introduce articles of impeachment without an actual legal case against the president.
Let's hear his case, then.
He won't tell anyone, yet. Presumably he has some idea, if he actually plans to file the resolution, but Green declined Tuesday to give any details about what his argument for impeachment will be. For now at least, this amounts to nothing more than a dramatic gesture.
And Green appears to be milking it for all it's worth on Twitter, retweeting numerous media articles and reactions posted about his impeachment announcement.
How are the Democrats reacting?
Backing away slowly. Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, a senior member on the House Judiciary Committee, said it would make it harder to justify a potential impeachment down the road if they force a vote now without any evidence.
Even Rep. Maxine Waters of California wouldn't come out and say she would support Green's impeachment resolution, and she herself has called for Trump's impeachment before.
This sounds familiar...
That's because several Democrats have already either said they're going to file for impeachment, or actually done it.
California Rep. Brad Sherman filed for impeachment over Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey. That article of impeachment has never come to a vote, and it's the only one to ever actually be introduced to Congress.
(H/T The Hill)